I enjoyed an article by Monica Poling entitled “Celebrating 100 Years.”
“By all accounts, 1914 was a turbulent time in world history.
The first World War broke out on the European continent and in North America, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were calling for revolution throughout Mexico.
Despite the world unrest 1914 was also a time of great discovery and innovation. A particularly significant year in the growth of tourism, the United States witnessed the birth of two new tourism industries that year.
In Florida, former St. Petersburg Mayor Abram Pheil spent $400 ($5000 in today’s currency) to be the first passenger to fly on a commercial air flight, a 23-minute flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Florida.
Meanwhile, in Hibbing Minnesota, Carl Erick Wickman used his eight=seat Hupmobile to transport 15 iron miners to a nearby mining town for 15 cents a ride. The shuttle service, which took place well before the nation adopted a federal highway system, is now considered the first inter-city bus transportation. Wickman would go on to transform his transportation company into the massive enterprise known as Greyhound bus lines.
Cruise travel also became more lavish in 1914, when Cunard Line’s Aquitania sailed her maiden voyage. Considered one of the most beautiful liners ever built, she was one of the longest-serving Cunarders in history and the only major liner to serve in both world wars.
The Port of San Francisco
Along the San Francisco waterfront, several buildings were constructed in 1914, including the historic Pier 43 Ferry Arch. The new Pier 43 Promenade Bay trail project, now under construction, will connect Pier 39 with Taylor Street’s historic crab sellers. Once complete later this year, it will feature excellent views of the bay and the historic arch.
Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Some 70 miles south of San Francisco and 40 miles north of Monterey, visitors will find the birthplace of mainland surfing, the city of Santa Cruz. The city is home to the Santa Cruz Wharf, which is 2. 701 feet, is one of the longest wooden piers in California. Constructed in 1914, the Municipal Wharf is actually the city’s sixth wharf. None of the preceding piers could accommodate deep-water sips, so the current one was built with a steamship dock and freight warehouse. The wharf hosts an estimated 1.5 millions visitors every year, and is featuring centennial celebrations all year long.
Port of Los Angeles
Significant improvements to the Port of Los Angeles in the years prior, including construction of an 8.500-foot section of breakwater, the widening of the main channel and construction of an all-new marine traffic generated by the opening of the Panama Canal.
The city’s movie industry was also in full swing. Paramount Pictures was founded in Los Angels in 1914, and the “The Squaw Man,” by Cecil B. DeMille, became the first motion picture to be produced in Hollywood by a major film studio. In Venice, California, Charlie Chaplin rolled out his famed “The Tramp” character.”
This was a great article in Travel Age West Magazine, March 04, 2014 issue.
A tidbit to watch:
*New proposed bill would allow airline ads to exclude government taxes. This is a good bill to watch.
The bill, The Transparent Airlines Act of 2104,(H.R. 4156), responds to airline carriers that the DOT policy makes fares appear higher than they are, while “masking the excessive federal tax rate on the cost of air travel,” according to Airlines for America, the trade group representing U.S. airlines.
United Airlines is getting tough with passengers with oversized carry-on bags, even sending some of them back to the ticket counter to check their luggage for a fee. Some passengers have suggested this is for the airlines to make money. The airlines says it is simply ensuring that compliant passengers have space left for them in the overhead bins. In recent years, the last passengers have routinely been forced to check their bags at the gate because the overhead bins were already full.
You may have purchased a bag that claims to be “official carry-on size” but you need to check each airlines website because that claim can be misleading.
I conducted a small survey among American brides who had a destination wedding in Ireland. One of the survey questions was about their challenges planning their wedding.
The top 5 challenges involved planning a wedding without actually visiting Ireland. The majority of the couples had never visited Ireland. As one bride stated, “It took a leap of faith.”
1. It was a challenge to plan a wedding without meeting the vendors. When you meet your vendors in person you know if you click. It is important to feel that your wedding vendors are sharing in the excitement of your wedding day.
2. It was a challenge to rely on pictures and emails without seeing the venues or locations in person. We all know through experience that seeing something in person is not the same as looking at a picture. You cannot feel the expanse or intimacy in a picture. Many vendors didn’t have a lot of pictures online.
3. Then related to the challenge of not seeing the wedding location was booking hotels sight unseen. It did cause some stress to have family and friends booking hotels and hoping all was well.
4. We have all looked a magazines with pictures that made your mouth water. But to plan your reception dinner without sampling any of the dishes was stressful. As one bride stated, “She didn’t get to taste the cake samples.”
5. Another challenge is making sure you can call and talk to your vendors in person with the time difference. It depends on what state you live in but Ireland is an 8 hour time difference from California.
By joining our Ireland Destination Wedding Tour in July you can overcome all of these challenges. You will even attend a mini bridal fair at the shop of our wedding planner in Ennis. We will take you to see venues in person.
With the availability limited to 10 brides and a companion call Nancy today to reserve your spot. 888-338-0852
Are you dreaming of a wedding that is truly unique? Do you want your wedding to stand out from any other wedding that you have ever attended? Here are 3 ways to have a unique wedding.
A destination wedding will definitely be unique just by location. While many couples favor a tropical location more and more American couples are choosing Ireland. In Ireland you are not limited to a beach wedding because there are other unique locations. You can choose to have your wedding in a castle, a stately manor, a garden, or in a rustic woodland.
Your theme can be anything from simple to elegant and/or a mixture of your favorites. Some ideas for Ireland are a Celtic wedding, a steampunk wedding, a Downton Abbey wedding, or any theme you like. You can choose rustic elegance, a re-enactment village, or a traditional wedding. Then you can blend your theme so you have elegant and whimsical touches that include things you love. You are really only limited by your imagination and your budget.
For an example, I have worked with couples who had a Mayan themed wedding when they got married in Mexico.
For Ireland you could mix American and Irish cultures. The groom and groomsmen can wear a kilt in Ireland or Scotland. Or can you follow a bagpiper from the ceremony to the reception? For your wedding reception can you include American dishes and dishes from the destination?
It is your day and celebrate in your own unique way.
This winter seems to have been a record for flight delays and cancellations. Bring your patience with you and a good book!
Start planning ahead at the beginning when you are booking your flight. Depending on your destination can you make your connection through a southern city like Miami or Los Angeles?
Since winter weather can change quickly you can check some things in advance. You can check with your airlines to see if they have a weather waiver that allows you to cancel and rebook your flight without penalty or fees. This varies from airlines to airlines. If they allow you to rebook your trip without a fee there will be a window of time that you will have rebook and to complete the trip. You must keep track of all of this information.
What if you are stuck at the airport and have to rebook your flight? I read online that the lines for the United States callers will be busy. But if you can call the international number that will more than likely not be busier than usual. I plan to try this if I am stuck at the airport.
Be prepared for the climate difference between your home and your destination. For example, when I have clients traveling in winter from the states to Cancun I tell them to put shorts, a tee shirt and sandals in their carry on bag. Then it is easier to change in the bathroom at the airport. The reverse is true if you are traveling from somewhere like California to somewhere that has snow. It is nice to have thermals, socks, tights or gloves in your carry on bag. The weather will be more bearable when you walk out of the airport door.
Watch the weather at your departure airport, connecting airport, and your final destination. Your original flight can be delayed if the connecting airport is closed. It is actually the easiest if your flight is cancelled and you can go back home.
You also need to cancel any hotel or car rentals so that your credit card is not charged.
Ireland is becoming more and more popular for Americans planning a destination wedding. The Emerald Isle is a magical destination with fairytale castles, literary museums and friendly people.
Ireland is an ideal location for first time travelers because of its convenience. It is the first European country we reach when traveling from the United States. Most Americans can easily to Dublin or Shannon in a single day.
Since many couples have family in both Europe as well as the United States. Ireland is the perfect middle ground for these couples. Ireland gives you an opportunity to share a wonderful vacation and celebrate your wedding.
Ease of Communication:
Ireland’s official language in English. Planning your destination wedding in an English speaking country will make it easier to communicate with your wedding planner and other wedding venues.
Not having to deal with the language barrier will give you and your guests the opportunity to explore and experience more of Ireland. If your group has any first time travelers they will find Ireland a wonderful introduction to the world of travel.
Remember Ireland is a modern country. The city of Dublin is urban with parks, shopping and first class restaurants. If you stay in Dublin you don’t need a car because they have a wonderful bus and subway system.
Wander into a pub that has live music and you will spend a memorable evening. The Irish are very friendly, so mix that with good food and lively music then you will know the magic of Ireland.
Yes, by having urban cities and a picturesque countryside Ireland has something for everyone. It is a beautiful place to have your wedding.
If you are struggling to plan your destination wedding in Ireland online? Join our Ireland destination wedding tour in July.
Call today to learn more at 888-338-0852
Buying Your Wedding Dress
Most of us have watched Say Yes to the Dress. An important first step when you go shopping for your wedding dress is who your bring with you. It seems to work out best if you just bring one or two people who understand your style and your wedding dream. A large group will not help you have a wonderful experience. Many times they seem to takeover the day.
If you have selected your wedding venue then you will be looking for a dress to complete your wedding dream. The style of your dress is important with some venues more than others. A large princess ball gown will make it very hard to walk on the beach if that is your venue. The shape of your dress as well as the neckline and hemline are all important.
Make sure you have a dress budget that includes your veil, accessories and your dress alternations. Have a realistic budget. And you know if you watch Say Yes to the Dress trying on dresses outside your budget can be heartbreaking. If you find the perfect dress and cannot afford it you will be very disappointed. Then it will be hard to find another dress because any other dress will seem second best.
The fabric and the shape of the dress are important. This is also why you should bring the right people with you when you go shopping. You want them to be helpful. If you are a tiny girl you may look lost in a large princess ball gown. You want someone with you that is honest and has supportive ideas. You don’t want to feel criticized. Keep in mind the time of year that you are getting married. A very heavy dress will not be comfortable on a hot summer day. If you are getting married in winter look at wraps or even a coat if you want to take pictures outside in the snow.
When should you start shopping? It is recommended to buy your dress 9 to 12 months before your wedding. This gives you enough time to order your dress and to have it altered. It means you have one less thing to worry about.
Here are some travel tips or reminders after an extremely snowy winter. I checked today and there were 2400 flights cancelled.
What will you do if your flight is cancelled? If you are still at home it can be frustrating but think about if you are delayed at your connecting airport. There is no magic wand to get you out of the airport or bad weather.
Plan ahead when traveling by thinking about what is in your carry-on bag. Have things in your bag that you will need if you are stuck at the airport for one night or even two nights.
What I like to bring myself is:
Underwear/clean outfit/plastic bag
Snacks or granola bars
Cash in small bills is important especially if you are delayed in another country.
Are you traveling alone? Make sure each person”s carry-on bag is packed accordingly.
Think about your carry-on bag because if your flight is delayed this is all you will have with you. Your checked bag can be at the same airport or sent ahead of you. Don’t depend on your checked bag until it is back in your possession.
Destination weddings are gaining in popularity with American brides. While many still choose a tropical destination, more and more brides are choosing Ireland.
If you are thinking of a destination wedding, here are 3 of the top reasons why other American couples chose Ireland.
Ireland has a romantic quality that you will not find in any tropical location. Here you will experience sweeping vistas of lush green countryside, dotted with ancient castles and manors, leading you to quaint villages and wandering streams. You may find yourself standing on majestic cliffs, overlooking the sea, envisioning thousands of years of history occurring in that same spot. Mist peeking in and out of the trees envelops you in a dreamy atmosphere.
Part of the romance of Ireland is the beauty that has been written in so many songs and poems. As you and your guests enjoy the picturesque countryside you will understand why so many fall in love with the magic of the Emerald Isle.
There is something about castles that draws us in and removes us from everyday life. This fairytale atmosphere creates a unique and magical day that you and your guests will remember forever.
For Americans, a castle wedding combines the feelings of romance and elegance. It reminds us of stories about kings and queens in a faraway place and time. The large stately walls hold mystery. The gardens are often exceptionally beautiful and well-tended which gives us an opportunity to ponder the handiwork of the gardeners.
With over 40 million Americans claiming Irish ancestry, many families feel a strong connection to Ireland. Some couples know their relatives that live in Ireland. A few couples have been able to marry in their family’s ancestral village or church. Other couples cherish the idea of reconnecting with their family roots on their special day.
An Irish wedding gives you, your family and your friends a chance to experience the history, music and romance of Ireland. Be the princess for the day marrying your valiant knight in shining armor.
Come back next Monday to read 3 more reasons why getting married in Ireland may be your perfect fit.
Are you struggling to plan your wedding in Ireland online? Join our Ireland destination wedding tour in July.
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I read an article in the Times Dispatch about Packing Pointers for Destination Weddings.
If you are planning a destination wedding it is very important to plan your packing list as early as possible. Once you get on the plane any items you left behind will stay behind. So it is vital to have a plan for all the important items.
Start with your checklist.
As a couple you should develop your checklist of items that you will need to bring. Make sure that the list is extensive. Write down everything so that the list is very specific. For example, don’t just write down clothing because that is too general. Plan out your outfits, shoes and your jewelry so that you know you have everything packed. Make sure that your list includes all your wedding information, your reservations and your passport. Check off each item as you pack them, and then check the list again the night before you leave.
Carry on all the important items.
Important items should not be packed in your luggage. This is because checked bags can get lost or delayed. No bride or groom wants to arrive at their destination without their wedding gown or tuxedo. An airline may provide brides with a garment bag to store their wedding gown. Then the gown and tux can be hung in the plane’s closet without worrying about other passengers putting their items on top of them. You can check with your specific airlines about their services. Check with your wedding venue to see if they press wedding clothes too.
In addition to your wedding day attire, do not put your wedding rings or anything that is very important in your checked bags. An example would be your legal documents. Carry these items in your purse or store them securely in your carry-on bag. This applies to anything that you must have for your wedding day. Include in your carry-on at least a change of clothes for each of you as well as your bathing suit. This will help relieve stress if your suitcase is delayed.
Consider either mailing the welcome packages after you return home or purchasing items at your destination.
While welcome packages are a very nice gesture you may discover that premade welcome bags either take up too much room in your suitcase or that they will be destroyed in the suitcase. If you plan to bring items from home your wedding planner may have ideas about how to distribute the bags. Many couples buy local items and then just bring empty bags from home. The small gifts can then be a memory of the destination.
Be very wary of shipping your items ahead of you.
Some couples want to ship important items to their hotel ahead of time. While this might seem like an easy solution for welcome bags or special items such as decorations, these items can be lost in the mail or stranded at customs. Some hotels will not accept packages until you are a registered guest. This means if you are not there they will not accept your packages and the responsibility that goes with them. Weigh the potential risks before placing items that are important to you at risk.
It is your wedding day. You don’t want to be totally stressed out because something you need or that is important was lost or delayed.
Plan Plan Plan.
Call today for help planning your destination wedding.
Call Nancy at 888-338-0852